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Mixed fortunes for Eddie Stobart in past four months

June 29, 2012 Christopher Walton

Stobart Group says its transport and distribution division Eddie Stobart has experienced “mixed fortunes” since March. In the past four months Eddie Stobart says its ambient transport and warehousing operations have been performing well and is “witnessing more new business opportunities than in previous years”. However, it warns that  the restructure of its chilled operations, whilst progressing, has resulted in some further costs. In the past six months its chilled operations, with the closure of its Corby and Alcester distribution […]

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Bullet Express improves driver performance with telematics

June 28, 2012 Steve Hobson

Bullet Express has invested in Smart Telematics from Navman Wireless to help promote efficient and safe driver behaviour across its fleet of 36 vehicles after a trial of various systems. David McCutcheon, managing director of Bullet Express, says: “We saw great improvements in the driver’s performance over the two week trial; the system helped them improve in all areas and we saw our drivers achieve the 85 per cent performance standard we had set.” Bullet Express has also included Navman […]

Industry News

Institute of Highway Engineers calls for Sunday lorry ban

June 28, 2012 Roger Brown

A suggestion by new president of the Institute of Highway Engineers for the government to consider banning trucks from UK motorways on Sundays has been described as “out of touch” and “the last thing” the industry would want to see in the UK. Richard Hayes, who will became president of the IHE this week, says he will be writing to the roads minister, Mike Penning, to ask the Department for Transport (DfT) to investigate the issue as part of its […]

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Thinking about changing your company’s engine oil supplier? Read this first

June 28, 2012 Motor Transport

Is super-high performance oil better than ultra-high performance or vice-versa? Is long drain better than extended drain, or is it the other way round? The plethora of things to consider when choosing the right engine oils for your haulage business can make it very time consuming. Then there is all the marketing hyperbole. Every oil seems to have an alphabet spaghetti of specifications and accreditations on its data sheet. Cut through the jargon and start making business savings quickly and […]

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Ocado distribution centre investments boost first half

June 27, 2012 Hayley Pink

Ocado says investments in its network and fleet led to revenue growth in the first six months of its financial year. The online grocery giant and own-account operatorsinvested £9m into capacity improvements at its existing Hatfield customer fulfilment centre (CFC1), as well as pumping £49.7m into the first phase of building a second CFC in Dordon, Warwicks, due to commence operations in Q1 2013. As a result of improved capacity in Hatfield, weekly deliveries per van have increased by nearly […]

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Acumen’s Stocker joins Gefco

June 27, 2012 Christopher Walton

Gefco has appointed former Acumen Logistics Group commercial director John Stocker as its sales and marketing director. Stocker is now responsible for all sales, marketing and communications in the UK and the PSA Peugeot Citroën division as it looks to expand its customer base. Tristan Balayn, MD at Gefco UK, says: “I am very pleased that John has chosen to join Gefco at such a pivotal time for the industry. His substantial experience and knowledge of the sector will prove […]

Industry News

News Extra: Weighing up the Euro-6 options

June 26, 2012 Motor Transport

Amid fears of higher costs and inferior mpg, MT test drives the new Euro-6 Scania G4409 LA 4×2 MNA. Fears of worse fuel consumption, extra weight and higher costs are expected to prompt operators to accelerate fleet renewal programmes to get the last Euro-5 trucks before 2014. MT’s first Euro-6 test set out to find if their fears are justified. Scania is known for its EGR engines in the UK, but its Euro-5 engine range also includes units employing SCR. […]

Industry News

Fuel duty frozen until January 2013

June 26, 2012 Hayley Pink

Chancellor George Osborne has postponed the 3ppl fuel duty rise planned for 1 August until January 2013. Following lobbying by FairFuelUK (FFUK), culminating in a threat from the Labour Party to force a vote on an amendment to the Budget legislation earlier today, Osborne announced the freeze. However FFUK founder Peter Carroll says: “There are serious longer-term issues to address on fuel taxation and pricing – but for today, we thank the government for listening and acting.” Robert Wilcox, MD […]

Industry News

Resurfacing work tonight at M6 Junction 19 after crash

June 25, 2012 Chris Druce

The Highways Agency (HA) has warned operators that there will be no southbound access to the M6 at junction 19 tonight, as repair work begins after a lorry overturned this morning spilling fuel onto the slip road. The A556 between the junctions with the A50 and the M6 was closed earlier after a Renault Magnum lorry, which was running without a trailer, crashed and leaked fuel onto the road. The incident closed the dedicated slip road for the M6, although […]

Industry News

Poor harmonisation could wreck key Driver CPC goal

June 25, 2012 Steve Hobson

Lack of harmonisation of standards for Driver CPC training across the 27 European Union member states is in danger of wrecking one of the original goals of the directive introducing the compulsory training of drivers – mutual recognition of the qualification by every member state. Distrust of standards of instructors and training in other states means four members states- Denmark, Hungary, Lithuania and Sweden – do not recognise the Initial Driver CPC done in other EU countries and eight states […]